Construction safety training, such as fall protection and proper protocols for excavation and ladder safety, is a common requirement for anyone who steps foot on a job site. In the same way, process projects depend on a keen awareness of safety practices to guarantee safety and success.
Process systems and their surrounding environments pose numerous types of hazards. Potential sources of energy generated by pressure, temperature and chemicals can pose a danger, as can the moving parts of equipment and vehicles, such as forklifts.
As a leader in engineering, integrating and commissioning complex process systems, particularly for cleaning and sterilization practices for the Food & Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries, Haskell’s Process Systems team has vast experience keeping team members, clients and contract partners safe in dynamic industrial settings.
You cannot see what is happening inside piping and equipment just by looking at it. During production, systems are commonly opened, so it is vital to consider the possibility of increased levels of pressure and follow proper procedures when opening a system.
Many process operations involve the heating or cooling of the product, which is not immediately apparent to the naked eye.
Process and cleaning operations often rely on chemicals. Chemicals can be dangerous if inhaled or if they contact exposed skin.
Many pieces of equipment operate with moving parts, such as pumps, tank agitators and conveyors. These moving parts can pinch or catch loose clothing, hands, or hair.
Forklift trucks are a routine presence during plant operations, and care must be taken to keep pedestrians safe.
Process facilities often have wet floors. To prevent slips, trips, and falls, consider the following:
Include a “safety minute” safety topic at the beginning of each meeting to keep safety at the forefront of every discussion.
All sites are different with different priorities and concerns. These few risks are common across industries and should be considered when reviewing safety.
About the author: Mike Byron is a Design Director – Process Lead with Seiberling, a Haskell Company, and has been with the company since 1993. Mike is primarily involved in the design of Process/CIP systems for the liquid processing industries. Current responsibilities include overseeing project designs for liquid processes and leading process design associates in the Beloit, Wisconsin, office. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haskell delivers more than $1 billion annually in Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and Consulting solutions to assure certainty of outcome for complex capital projects worldwide. Haskell is a global, fully integrated, single-source design-build and EPC firm with over 1,800 highly specialized, in-house design, construction and administrative professionals across industrial and commercial markets. With 20+ office locations around the globe, Haskell is a trusted partner for global and emerging clients.
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